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November 18, 2013

Thor: The Dark World Review

by Leon Phanrana

The second phase of Marvel movies continued with the release of Thor: the Dark World which hit theaters on November 8th, 2013. The movie is a sequel from the first Thor movie and continues from The Avengers.

The movie stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, who is reprising his role from the first move. Natalie Portman reprises her role as Thor’s lover Jane Foster, and Tom Hiddleston reprises his role as Loki, Thor’s brother. The new enemy in this movie is Malekith, played by Christopher Eccleston. The plot of this movie is set two years after what happened in The Avengers. Malekith wants to turn the universe back into darkness using a powerful liquid-like substance called the aether. After Jane gets the aether in her body, it prompts Thor to take her to Asgard to seek help. The sub-plot of this movie is Loki’s lifetime sentence in prison for what happened in The Avengers, but Thor needs his help to stop Malekith.

When I first heard that the writers were going to bring Jane into Asgard for the first time, I thought there was going to be some sort of interaction between Jane and Sif, who is one many thought would be Thor’s love interest instead of Jane. There was little interaction, though. It was not a huge bummer but a small one.

One thing to point out is that there was a good amount of humor in this movie in the form of Loki and Jane’s intern Darcy. One example of humor from Loki was when he and Thor were walking in the hallway, and he kept changing forms at a point where he changed himself to look like Avengers teammate Captain America. It was good that the humor stayed from previous movies.

The CGI and action were stellar, showing they have not missed a beat in making good action scenes. In this movie, there are two after-credits scenes. I won’t say what there are about, though, keeping the trend of Marvel movies going. One thing that did irk me was that sometimes I would forget some of the characters’ names since they are not mentioned very often. Besides those two things I listed, I liked everything else about the movie.

I give this movie 7 Mjölnir, or Thor’s hammers, out of 10.

 

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